A Reform Synagogue Beyond Labels

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Welcome to Beth Emet!
We are thrilled that you have decided to join, and we look forward to getting to know you. Beth Emet is a caring community, and we fervently encourage everyone to get involved in ways that feel meaningful to them.  As such, we invite you to share a bit of yourself here.  Financial information will remain confidential. Should you wish to discuss payment plans and/or anything that you feel is pertinent that you may not wish to disclose here, we invite you to be in touch with Bekki Harris Kaplan, Director of Congregational Engagement, by email or by calling 847-869-4230 ext. 304. Thank you!
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Finding Your Place at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue
So you've made the decision to join Beth Emet The Free Synagogue! Now what? Although we are a large congregation, we have a multitude of programs and comittees that will allow you to find a deep and personal connection within our community. Whether you are interested in meeting new people, continuing your Jewish education, volunteering your time at our soup kitchen, or discussing Jewish text in an informal setting, Beth Emet has a way in which you can become engaged and make a meaningful difference not only in the life of the community but for yours as well.  

To help us better understand how you wish to get involved, what skills, hobbies, or interests (e.g. musical talents, public relations experience, involvement in social justice organizations) do you or members of your household have that might be shared with the congregation through our programming, religious school, adult education or worship?  

Once we learn about your interests, we will place your name on our mailing list and someone will contact you regarding future projects, events and meetings. Watch for EmetMail, our weekly eNewsletter and annual Synagogue Bulletin, known as The Chadashon, to find out about upcoming programs.

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Our fiscal year begins on July 1 through June 30. 

New Member Rate is a three year "ramp up:"

First year is $100 per month / $1,200 per year.  

Second Year is as Follows:
  • Households with 2 adults over the age of 40 - $200 per month or $2,400 per year
  • Households with 1 adult over the age of 40 - $142 per month or $1,700 per year
  • Households with 2 adults over the age of 70 - $167 per month or $2,000 per year
  • Households with 1 adult over the age of 70 - $125 per month or $1,500 per year
Third year is full the full membership commitment.  Contact the office for more information.

If you are 40 and younger* we have a "set your own membership commitment" program whereby you can determine what feels most meaningful to you.  The suggested amount is $100 per month ($1,200 per year) for the first year, and $150 per month ($1,800) for subsequent years (until the age of 40) if moving towards the full membership level is too much.  

     *40 and younger is defined as the age of the oldest member of the household.    
Please note that in keeping with Beth Emet's long standing policy of ensuring that every member can affiliate regardless of financial ability, please know that a confidential process is in place for those who require adjustment of the annual commitment. Should this apply to you and/or if you wish to make a payment arrangement, please contact our Director of Congregational Engagement, Bekki Harris Kaplan via email or by calling ext. 304
Building Reserve Fee:  Please note that all member households are billed a $175 building reserve fee, and for new members this begins in year 3.  This fee supports capital improvements and serves as a "rainy day fund" to ensure that Beth Emet continues to maintain our building systems and able to respond responsibly when emergency repairs are needed.

Safety and Security Fee:  Please note that all member households are billed a $75 safety security fee, and for new members this begins in year 3.  This fee ensures that we continue to responsibly address the ever-changing environment that requires improved security protocols and facility safety and security improvements.

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Beth Emet The Free Synagogue ~ 1224 Dempster Street ~ Evanston, IL 60202 ~ 847-869-4230